Substance Abuse Therapy : Ambulatory Care Settings

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Substance Abuse Treatments in Ambulatory Care Settings Kristine Pardilla Samuel Merritt University July 22, 2015 There are various care settings wherein substance abuse therapy services are provided. This include primary care clinics, urgent care center or the hospital’s emergency department, freestanding substance abuse treatment or mental health facility, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs and acute care inpatient settings. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) developed a clinical tool called Placement Criteria, Second edition, revised (PPC-2R), to match patients’ care needs for substance abuse detoxification and the suitable care environment. Placement determination is evaluated according to the following different areas: (1) acute intoxication and/or withdrawal potential, (2) biomedical conditions and complications, (3) emotional, behavioral or cognitive conditions and complications, (4) patient’s readiness to change, (5) relapse, continued use, or continued problem potential, and (6) recovery/living environment. The primary care clinic is often the initial point of contact for those who are seeking treatment for substance abuse. Outpatient treatment for withdrawal symptoms is as beneficial as the inpatient treatment (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2006). A good foresight of the clinician should be utilized in discerning safe detoxification on an outpatient basis. Medications are used to manage different areas
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